By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 30, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the birthday of the author who created Huck Finn. 

Who Wants to be in Cincinnati?

Samuel Clements, aka: Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, and was raised in nearby Hannibal.  He had a sharp mind, great sense of humor, and a great pen creating literary classics we all know.

Several of his well-known novels were significantly influenced by his childhood memories, growing up in a small town on the Mississippi River.

Here are a few quotes from Mark Twain:

  • Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
  • We have the best government money can buy.
  • The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
  • When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years behind the times (though some claim this is not a Twain quote).

This map of Missouri is by Colton from 1855.  

Colton’s Map of Missouri – Circa 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.